I'm having trouble with typesetting, and can't get these questions straight in my head.

  1. What is the difference between "InlineCell" and "InlineFormula" style?

  2. Is one a subset of the other?

  3. In what situations should I use each?

  4. And why is InlineCell important enough to have default shortcut (Ctrl + 9) but InlineFormula is not?

  5. Does "InlineFormula" have anything to do with an "DisplayFormula" cell?


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I don't have much experience with writting books or articles in Mathematica so let me just add technicall notes. For use cases I'd search around using those styles as keywords:


Ctrl+9 starts an Inline cell which is not the same thing as an "InlineCell". But one step at a time.

So an Inline cell is special as it is a cell inside a cell (notice that you can't just create it between cells with Crtl+9). And now an "InlineCell" is a style that is used for that area automatically after it is created. (more info in Order/Dependency of Styles in a Stylesheet by John Fultz)

Notice also that "InlineCell" style is not even explicitly present in Cell[] expression whereas for custom setting e.g. DefaultNewInlineCellStyle -> {"InlineFormula"}, the "InlineFormula" will be there. So the former style is really a core stuff.

1; 2; 3

As you can see from definition in Core.nb it is not so much about styling but about behavior/experience:


so is the case with "InlineFormula" (from Default.nb):

 FontSize->Inherited 1.05

but here that SingleLetterItalics and enlarged FontSize suggest it is meant for... formulas, in mathematical sense probably.

So you can compare those options and set DefaultNewInlineCellStyle whatever you like. You can set also other styles or modify those, whatever fit your needs.

  • $\begingroup$ This is great info. This helps sooo much. $\endgroup$
    – B flat
    Dec 2, 2016 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible to put DefaultNewInlineCellStyle -> {"InlineFormula"} in the private stylesheet somewhere so it affects all cells in the notebook? Would it go in the "Notebook" Style data? I know I can do this in the Mathematica preferences too, but want to know if this is possible. $\endgroup$
    – B flat
    Dec 3, 2016 at 4:36
  • $\begingroup$ I guess this is a part of a larger questions... "Can you embed any and maybe all Mathematica settings of the option inspector into a stylesheet?" It would be great to not have to rely on and remember what options I have selected in the options inspector in case I had to reinstall Mathematica from scratch at some point. $\endgroup$
    – B flat
    Dec 3, 2016 at 4:42
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelMcCain are you familiar with: tutorial/WorkingWithStylesheets? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Dec 3, 2016 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ I took a look a while back. I'll check it out again. Ty $\endgroup$
    – B flat
    Dec 4, 2016 at 18:49

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